19th Century British Art

This sector includes Romantic painting, Victorian art, British Orientalism and Pre-Raphaelite art.

Daniel Egerton view of Mexico

Rare 19th century topographical painting of Mexico emerges at Bonhams

11 January 2018

An original painting showing the Castle of San Juan de Ulúa in Mexico by 19th century British topographical artist Daniel Egerton is one of highlights of Bonhams’ Travel and Exploration auction in London next month.

Academy at Lamplight by Joseph Wright of Derby

Joseph Wright of Derby ‘candlelit’ painting makes record £6.3m at Sotheby’s

07 December 2017

An atmospheric oil painting by Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-97) led Sotheby’s latest Old Master evening sale in London.

JMW Turner sketch

JMW Turner sketch makes £22,000 at Cirencester auction

24 November 2017

An original sketch by JMW Turner (1775-1851) has sold for £22,000 (plus buyer’s premium) at Moore Allen & Innocent in Cirencester.

Jane Oakley of Sworders

Sworders seeks to boost its fine art auctions with appointment of former CSK and Sotheby's specialist

17 October 2017

Sworders has appointed former Sotheby’s, Christie’s South Kensington and Bonhams picture specialist, Jane Oakley, to expand the scope and frequency of its fine art auctions.

Thomas Bewick sketchbook

Sketchbook of Thomas Bewick published in limited edition

17 October 2017

The sketchbook of engraver, author and natural historian Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) has been reproduced for the first time.

Federico Beltran Masses painting

Dramatic auction result for portrait of leading 1920s Hollywood couple

11 October 2017

A double portrait of the two early 20th century Hollywood stars Pola Negri and Rudolph Valentino drew an appropriately dramatic competition at Bonhams in London.


Artworks offered in Essex auction mix history and fantasy

09 October 2017

A nude painting by the 19th century English artist William Etty (1787-1849) starred in Sworders’ (22% buyer’s premium) sale in Essex. The 2ft 2in x 19in (66 x 49cm) oil on panel shows a naked woman in a wooded landscape, her head and body turned away from the viewer.

La Poupée by Walter Ernest Webster

Richard Green holds exhibition of historic British fashion portraits

25 September 2017

It’s a busy season for Richard Green. Fresh from the 20/21 British Art Fair and the Paris Biennale, the Mayfair dealership will also appear at Frieze Masters and TEFAF New York Fall.


Collector creates website to record the works of Thomas Baker of Leamington

18 September 2017

About a month ago, collector Robert Mulraine launched a website dedicated to the artist Thomas Baker of Leamington (1808-1869). A great enthusiast of the Victorian landscape painter, he has been working with the curatorial team of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to create an online ‘Memoranda of Pictures’ based on the artist’s five diaries in the museum’s collection.


Redhill view rises in Essex sale

11 September 2017

Victorian landscapes can often be difficult to shift at auction, but a fine panoramic view near Redhill in Surrey by Edward John Cobbett (1815-99) gave a boost to the Boningtons (20% buyer’s premium) sale in Epping on August 21.


Ship pictures sold at Reeman Dansie paint a sad story

04 September 2017

Views created by vessel’s captain envisaged a kinder end to its career than a tragic collision...


Watercolour master Cotman displays his drawing talents

28 August 2017

Fine examples of John Sell Cotman’s (1782-1842) draftsmanship appeared at separate auctions in the south of England.


Naive livestock paintings brighten the gloom around traditional 19th century art

21 August 2017

Naïve-style paintings of livestock remain one of the liveliest sectors of the 19th century pictures market, judging by the response to several examples offered in Gloucestershire.


ATG letter: We did our Nelson duty

07 August 2017

MADAM – Our estimate (£2000-4000) for Drummond’s Death of Nelson did indeed prove to be conservative but not quite as dismissive as the ‘£100-150’ quoted in the ATG might suggest (Bid Barometer, ATG No 2302).


Commercial faces of the Victorians as Pre-Raphaelites dominate auction series

07 August 2017

Works by the Pre-Raphaelites and their followers continued to outperform the rest of the Victorian art market during the latest round of sales in London.


Portrait shows why it’s good to chalk

24 July 2017

Dreamy landscapes, fairies and classical female nudes fill many of today’s best-known canvases by the Victorian artist Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914). But it was his skills as a portraitist that impressed critics most while he lived.


Watercolour portrait of ‘the three Brontë sisters’ takes top estimate at JP Humbert Auctioneers

18 July 2017

Northamptonshire auctioneers JP Humbert has sold a painting that it says could be a portrait of the Brontë sisters by Edwin Landseer.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti portrait of Fanny Cornforth

Rossetti ‘Lady Lilith’ portrait returns from Japan and sells for £560,000 at auction

17 July 2017

A Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) portrait of his mistress Fanny Cornforth led Sotheby’s latest sale of Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art in London.


The influence of Burne-Jones on British artists

03 July 2017

A “jewel-like” painting of a young girl reading by Edward Frampton (1870-1932) starred in Dominic Winter’s (19.5% buyer’s premium) June 15 sale.


Collection of Greenwich's The Spread Eagle pub consigned to Gorringes

26 June 2017

Until its conversion into a pizzeria and cocktail bar three years ago, The Spread Eagle pub in Greenwich had hardly changed since its origins as a 17th century coaching inn.